The MAGA coup d’état continues with its main weapon, non-stop lying

The media is aiding and abetting the MAGA coup d’état

After Republican House members forced Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) to surrender her leadership role for the sin of denouncing Trump lies about his election loss, Republicans at a House Oversight Committee hearing addressing the Capitol Hill insurrection spent the same day spreading misinformation about Trump’s attempted coup.

Claiming that what transpired that day really wasn’t a riot but instead a collection of misguided enthusiasts voicing their concerns, Republicans made clear not only would they not assign blame to Trump for stoking the deadly assault, but they were going to defend the rioters and rewrite history about that ugly day on Capitol Hill.

From Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA): “There was no insurrection. To call it an insurrection is a bold-faced lie.”

In normal times, if the public sacking of Cheney for lack of fealty and the public support for insurrection had happened in the same calendar year it would be been considered a shocking turn of events for a mainstream political party in this country. The fact that both events happened within hours of each other this week only highlighted how radical, dangerous, and anti-democratic the GOP has become, as it hurtles far beyond the mainstream and into the abyss.

Unfortunately, the Beltway press has no idea how to cover this story. It still refuses to use the proper tools and language to put the troubling actions of the GOP in context via its straight news coverage. Hiding behind Both Sides journalism, timid language, and purposeful naïveté, news outlets still aren’t being honest about the dire threat Trump Republicans now pose to the country.

Watching the party maneuver itself to be able to invalidate future elections — by passing voter suppression laws, installing local election boards that refuse to certify wins, empowering state legislatures to refuse to certify their state tallies, and electing a Republican majority in the House of Representatives that deny the Electoral College count — means the United States faces the most entrenched, internal political threat since the Civil War. That’s no exaggeration, considering the defining loyalty test for the GOP today is backing Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen, which in turns positions the party to question all future election results.

The GOP and its followers have become consumed in deliberate lies, yet the press still views the party as a serious entity whose views deserve to be treated respectfully.

“It’s time the media stop covering the GOP as a political party – it’s not,” tweeted SiriusXM radio show host Dean Obeidallah. “Today’s Republican party is a white nationalist, fascist movement and those exact words need to be used by the media so everyone gets the threat the GOP poses to our nation.”

It’s clearly a conservative movement that’s flown off the rails, and resembles nothing we’ve seen before in modern American politics.

Just in recent days:

• Republicans in Arizona running the clown ‘audit’ of the 2020 election are searching for traces of bamboo in paper ballots to prove they are counterfeits smuggled in from Southeast Asia.

• A Colorado State representative referred to a colleague as “Buckwheat” while addressing the House.

• QAnon loyalist and Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene aggressively confronted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in the halls of Congress, and falsely accused her of supporting “terrorists.”

• 124 GOP-friendly retired generals and admirals released an open letter spreading the lie that President Joe Biden stole the election, while labeling him a “Marxist” and “tyrannical” threat to America.

• A Republican lawmaker in Michigan wants to force non-partisan “fact checkers” to register with the state and face $1 million fines if public officials prove “wrongful conduct” in their work.

Nervous about claims of “liberal media bias” though, the press holds back.

After witnessing Taylor accost Ocasio-Cortez this week, Washington Post reporter Marianna Sotomayor told CNN that the ugly encounter “really does speak to the polarization that exists and the tensions between both parties, Republicans, and Democrats.” [Emphasis added.] Wrong. What Taylor’s deranged behavior speaks to is a Republican Party that has torn down the guardrails of common decency.

The New York Times recently published a long piece about the deepening “era of endemic misinformation — and outright disinformation.” The article highlighted obvious partisan lies pushed by right-wing media and conservatives, such as Biden’s going to force Americans to eat less meat. Instead of framing the epidemic as a Republican-created one, the Times pretended the avalanche of right-wing conspiracies represent a larger, cultural issue.

The press for years has consistently misreported on the increasingly extreme nature of the Republican Party. Specifically, journalists have pressed the faulty notion that GOP members are supposedly worried about Trump. Last summer, the Times announced Republicans were  “despairing” over Trump’s erratic and authoritarian behavior.

Today, the Times’ coverage looks deeply naïve in retrospect. Just like when, in the wake of the January 6 insurrection, the Beltway media insisted a “reckoning” was looming for the GOP over Trump. Instead, Republicans just purged Liz Cheney for criticizing his anti-democratic behavior.  

All last winter, the D.C. press told us not to worry about Trump’s refusal to acknowledge Biden’s lopsided victory — Politico insisted it was just “bad sportsmanship.”

Today, there are some glimmers of media hope. CNN on Sunday night is airing a special report, “Radical Rebellion: The Transformation of the GOP,” which hopefully won’t downplay the rebellion, or what’s now at stake. And more news outlets are now using “lies” to describe Trump claims about the 2020 election. That language change is welcome, although long overdue.

The Beltway press has never had to cover a political party that openly embraces anti-democratic policies, such as undermining free and fair elections in America. It’s a defining media challenge.

From Eric Boehlert’s Press run                                    

Joe Manchin is Trump and McConnell’s favorite stooge

Good ‘ol boys yucking it up

So called “Democratic” U.S. Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has just announced he will not support HR1, the critical voting rights protection and expansion bill already passed by the House of Representatives. “I believe Democrats and Republicans feel very strongly about protecting the ballot boxes allowing people to protect the right to vote making it accessible making it fair and making it secure,” Manchin told ABC News’ Rachel Scott. Republicans in at least 11 states have passed into law voter suppression bills, some of which literally reduce the number of ballot boxes, and access to those boxes, dramatically. Manchin, who is more conservative than Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski, voiced support for the far less comprehensive John Lewis Voting Rights Act, saying, “if we apply that to all 50 states and territories, it’s something that can be done — it should be done.” “It could be done bipartisan to start getting confidence back in our system,” he added, ignoring that the ones who destroyed confidence in the voting system are the Republicans. On Tuesday Republicans on the Senate Rules Committee deadlocked the vote for the For the People Act, legislation that not only would secure voter protections but address rampant Republican gerrymandering as well as regulate dangerous dark money in politics. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer now will need at least one Republican to support the For the People Act if it is to even get to the floor for a vote. Most political analysts say that given there is legislation in 48 states to suppress the vote, if Democrats don’t pass HR1, they will lose both the House and the Senate next year.

Edited from Raw Story – David Badash

Trump intentionally tried to kill off owls

Press Release for EPIC:

On the same day as the Trump administration announced the elimination of 3.4 million acres of critical habitat for the northern spotted owl, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s top owl expert formally objected to the decision in a document recently unearthed as part of ongoing litigation. The Jan. 15 memorandum, written by Oregon State Office Supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dr. Paul Henson, found that “it is reasonable to conclude that [the reduction in critical habitat] will result in the extinction of the [northern spotted owl].” The Henson memo references other documents, as yet unreleased, indicating this was not the first warning of the dire consequences of the proposed rule. On Dec. 9, 2020, Dr. Henson likewise warned, “Most scientists (myself included) would conclude that such an outcome will, therefore, result in the eventual extinction of the listed subspecies.”

“We suspected that political favors, not science, guided the last-minute rulemaking change by the Trump administration,” said Tom Wheeler, executive director of the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC). “Now we know that it was made clear to the Trump administration that its planned cuts to northern spotted owl critical habitat would result in the owl’s extinction. They knew but didn’t care.”

“We now know what we suspected all along, which is that the Trump administration actively disregarded the best available science when making wildlife and land management decisions,” said Susan Jane Brown, attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center. “Seeing in writing that callous disregard for the continued existence of this iconic species is sobering, to say the least, and revolting at worst. This is a clear example, and unfortunately not the first, of the prior administration giving out gifts to political allies rather than following the law. Thankfully, experts at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stood up for the northern spotted owl, and WELC and our clients are in court to ensure that the best available science rules the day.”

The Henson memo was written in response to a separate memo, signed by then-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipworth, which outlined the legal and scientific justifications for the reduction in critical habitat. The Jan. 7, 2021 memorandum was reportedly not provided to Dr. Henson until the day before the formal rulemaking, making a more timely objection impossible.

This is not the first time that political appointees have personally inserted themselves into controversial decisions. In 2007, Julie MacDonald, then deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior, was found to have manipulated decisions and agency science to benefit the Bush administration’s political agenda. The Interior Department under Interior Secs. Ryan Zinke and David Bernhardt have also been subject to a number of high-profile ethics scandals. Given this history, after the Jan. 15 critical habitat rule, eight Western lawmakers requested a formal investigation as to whether any government official improperly “inserted themselves into the scientific process in order to achieve preferred policy outcomes….”

The Biden administration has paused implementation of the Trump-era critical habitat rule until December, signaling its intent to formally reverse or revise the rule. Meanwhile, the timber industry has already filed suit against the delayed implementation and Congressional Republicans are lining up behind the timber industry, urging the immediate implementation of the Trump rule.

General background:

Timber harvesting in the Northwest has resulted in a widespread loss of spotted owl habitat across its range, which was a main reason for listing the species in 1990. Owls depend on habitat provided by the dense canopy of mature and old-growth forests; unfortunately, those forests are still a target for logging throughout the bird’s historic range. The northern spotted owl is already functionally extinct in its northernmost range, with only one recognized breeding pair left in British Columbia.

In response to a court order, in 1990 the Service listed the northern spotted owl as threatened, citing low and declining populations, limited and declining habitat, competition from barred owls, and other factors in the bird’s plight. Even after its listing, northern spotted owl populations have declined by 70%, and the rate of decline has increased.

In response to a petition filed by the Environmental Protection Information Center, in December 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that “uplisting” the owl from “threatened” to “endangered” was “warranted but precluded by higher priority actions.”

Will The Trump crime family and Russia ever be held to answer?

Turns out there was another Steele Dossier

Christopher Steele compiled a second dossier about Trump during his presidency. This second document reportedly contains further claims of Russian meddling and sex tapes. The former British spy who published a dossier that made explosive claims about Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia produced a second dossier while Trump was president.

The former MI6 officer Christopher Steele’s second dossier was produced when Trump was in the White House, namely between January 2017 to January 2021. This document, has not independently corroborated, it reportedly “contains raw intelligence that makes further claims of Russian meddling in the US election and also references claims regarding the existence of further sex tapes,” The second dossier relied on different sources from the first one but did not say who those sources were. Steele’s first dossier was leaked to and published by BuzzFeed in January 2017. The report detailed numerous claims of ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and it came to the attention of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the FBI as they investigated Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The document also contained claims that Russia had incriminating material on Trump, including a tape of him engaging in sexual activities with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.

The Steele dossier’s overarching claim: that there was an “extensive conspiracy between [the] Trump campaign team and Kremlin” and a “well developed conspiracy of cooperation between them and Russian leadership.” has never been been disproven. This all needs further and complete investigation

The Mueller’s report said, the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s election interference did find that “the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.” Which it did, and with the Russians help squeeze out a 70000 vote margin in three swing states. All of the Trump Crime Family and its Republican enablers need to be brought to justice.

News source Business Insider

A guy that likes to wear a hood doesn’t want you to wear a mask

On Monday, that little white weeny Tucker Carlson took his crazy ass rants way into extreme territory. Carlson railed against the mandates of wearing masks at all, saying there is “no scientific justification for any mask mandate anywhere” and calling them “signifiers of shame and submission.”
Carlson said that when people see others wear masks outdoors, they should ask “politely but firmly” to take them off.
Don’t even waste your time thinking about this dumbass suggestion. We can tell you now the proper response to that is “MIND YOUR OWN FUCKIN’ BUSINESS”

No justice, no peace

Auntie Maxine spoke for of us when she said:

“We’re looking for a guilty verdict. We’re looking for a guilty verdict. ….after they saw what happened to George Floyd,” Waters said. “If nothing does happen, then we know, that we’ve got to not only stay in the street, but we’ve got to fight for justice, but I am very hopefully and I hope that we’re going to get a verdict that will say guilty, guilty, guilty. And if we don’t, we cannot go away.”

When asked about what activists should do if Chauvin is not convicted, Waters said that they must “stay on the street.”

“And we’ve got to get more active. We’ve got to get more confrontational,” she said. “We’ve got to make sure that they know we mean business.”

The Covidiots are trying to kill you and the country

We watched that perverted westing coach Republican Jim Jordan, go on self-absorbed rant attack on public safety hero Dr. Anthony Fauci demanding to know when Americans can have their so-called freedoms back from the pandemic. “What metrics, what measures, what has to happen before Americans get more freedoms back?” whine the pitiful idiot Jordan. Fauci the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases laid out the brutal reality. “Right now, we have about 60,000 infections a day, which is a very large risk for resurge. We’re not talking about liberties. We’re talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 Americans,” said Fauci,

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is adamantly refusing to consider increasing unemployment benefits in his state as many workers are still struggling due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s in the face of Florida being a hot spot for the 4 wave of this pandemic thanks to DeSantis.

Then there’s the supreme idiot and Covid super spreader Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) plan to create an “America First” congressional caucus that would defend “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.” (they mean white) “These American fascists have no relation to Anglos or Saxons. They do remind us of Beowulf, though —violent, vain, boasting oafs who think killing is governance and will die doing dumb shit leaving the nation in ruins. “There is no such thing as ‘Anglo-Saxon’ political traditions’ unless “Taylor Greene is talking about Old English charters and she isn’t,” wrote University of Toronto medieval scholar Mary Rambaran-Olm. “If she wants to return to those, she’ll have to stop advocating for gun use. ‘Anglo-Saxon’ is being weaponized by the far-right.” She added that the very term “Anglo-Saxon” is a “racist dog-whistle, inaccurate and generally sucks balls.” The new caucus, which Greene co-founded with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and has attracted membership interest from other fascist dipshits like Barry Moore (R-AL) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX).

God help us all

Balance the Court

Congressional Democrats plan to unveil legislation expanding the size of the Supreme Court on Thursday, according to three congressional sources familiar with the closely held measure.

The bill would add four seats to the high court, bringing the total to 13 from the current nine. The bill is led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, Subcommittee chair Hank Johnson, and freshman Rep. Mondaire Jones. In the Senate, the bill is being championed by Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

The number of justices on the Court, which is set by Congress, has fluctuated throughout the course of the nation’s history, reaching as many as ten seats before settling on nine in 1869. In 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz suggested that, if Hillary Clinton were elected, the Republican Senate should keep Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat empty, effectively bringing the number of justices down to eight.

Republicans currently hold six seats, while Democrats hold just three. Republicans were able to solidify control of the Court under former President Donald Trump, after first refusing to advance Merrick Garland’s nomination under former President Barack Obama, and then confirming Justice Neil Gorsuch after Trump’s election. Then, after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died in September 2020, Republicans threw out the procedures they had previously embraced and confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett in a matter of weeks.

After Trump’s nomination of Coney Barrett, then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer faced pressure to stop her confirmation by any means necessary. When those myriad options fell short, and Coney Barrett was pushed through, the conversation turned to expanding the court. “Not only do these extremist judges threaten more than a century of progressive achievements,” read a letter to Schumer by 20 New York elected officials, “they threaten to foreclose the possibility of any future progress under a Democratic administration.” But, after Democrats lost races they hoped to win in Maine, North Carolina, and Iowa, some Democratic strategists argued that the talk of court packing and ending the filibuster had inspired more Republicans to vote, and discussion of the move was shelved.

In April, President Joe Biden created a commission to study possible reforms to the Court, including adding seats. In October of last year, Biden promised to create such a commission if elected, saying the judicial system was “getting out of whack,” but said “it’s not about court packing.” “Everything we care about is at risk if we don’t get this bill passed to expand the Court — from the vital democracy protections in HR1 to progress on climate change, racial justice, reproductive freedom, and more,” said Aaron Belkin of Take Back the Court.

Ryan Grim – badnews@substack.com

End the rash of police-wilding

Guest Post:

Every Eureka resident should be alarmed at the nationwide and local failure in giving veterans preferential hiring status for civilian policing.

Ending the rash of police-wilding requires a return to “Protect and Serve”.

Local media needs to step-up and publish Eureka’s police hiring and promotion policies, screening practices and psychological evaluations. They are clearly inadequate and need to be compared and updated using other municipality’s successful policies.

Any citizen can file a Public Records Act request and find out for themselves.

With enough inquiries to Eureka’s attorney, the Eureka city council and mayor might stop wringing their hands and engage in some leadership by tasking staff to offer policy changes…

…is the EPD checking military records?

Sign the petition “fire the texting squad”

A March 17 article published by The Sacramento Bee revealed disturbing text messages in a group chat of Eureka police officers sent between January and August of 2020. The text messages display bigoted, racist, misogynist, above-the-law attitudes.  These officers have a complete disregard for the individuals in the community that they serve.  The institution of policing has harbored these attitudes and behaviors for too long and the community will not take it anymore.  We want systemic change, we want all law enforcement to be held accountable to their community.  The community demands this accountability.  These officers must be fired for our community to feel any semblance of safety, especially for our most vulnerable.

AFTER THEY ARE FIRED,  divert the funds to a program similar to Eugene, Oregon’s Cahoots (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) which is an innovative community-based public safety system to provide mental health first response for crises involving mental illness, homelessness, and addiction.

American Journal of Preventative Medicine estimated that 20% to 50% of fatal encounters with law enforcement involved an individual with a mental illness.   Last year, out of a total of roughly 24,000 CAHOOTS calls, police backup was requested only 150 times.

The cost savings are considerable. The CAHOOTS program budget is about $2.1 million annually, while the combined annual budgets for the Eugene and Springfield police departments are $90 million. In 2017, the CAHOOTS teams answered 17% of the Eugene Police Department’s overall call volume. The program saves the city of Eugene an estimated $8.5 million in public safety spending annually.

We need to get the dangerous Texting Squad off the streets and direct city funding to a program that has showed significate success for 31 years.  Our community deserves this!!

https://www.change.org/p/eureka-city-manager-fire-the-texting-squad